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‘Twelfth Night: A Musical Remix’ to be performed at Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C.

Eastern Mennonite University’s fall 2014 production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was such a rousing hit that the play, which has been called the “Moulin Rouge version,” has been adapted for a metropolitan theatre festival. “Twelfth Night: A Musical Remix” will be performed by a troupe of actors from Eastern Mennonite University and ...More

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EMU stage adaptation of Andy Carvin’s ‘Distant Witness’ immerses audience in tech-driven revolution of Arab Spring

The story of a man with 107,000 Twitter followers – famous for publicizing the “Arab Spring” via social media – has been dramatized by Eastern Mennonite University faculty and students. Andy Carvin, then working at NPR in Washington, DC. played “distant witness” to events documented via Tweets by “citizen journalists” in Tunisia, Syria, Egypt, Libya and other Middle Easte ...More

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Mortal clocks ticking in EMU’S “Hickorydickory”

In the play “Hickorydickory,” normal people have mortal clocks behind their hearts. But others have clocks in their heads and they can hear the maddening ticking. Worse yet, they know when death will come knocking. But don’t despair! Owners of a Chicago watch repair shop know how to easily extract those maddening head clocks. That is, if people don’t attempt to prolong life by tr ...More

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Upcoming production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is a richly carnivalesque comedy

The guiding concept behind Eastern Mennonite University’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is “drowning in excess,” says actress Makayla Baker. Fittingly, the performance begins with a shipwreck. Music, choreography, make-up and costumes inspired by carnivals and underwater dance create a visually and kinetically dyna ...More

Gonzo Opens with Gusto

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. The Black Box filled with students anticipating the first Gonzo theater of the year Inside the University Commons, past Common Grounds and the Art Gallery last Thursday. Gonzo Theater, known as Gonzo, is a student run theater group w ...More

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Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

EMU Theater presents: Into The Woods

EMU theater production ‘Into the Woods’ brings Brothers Grimm fairy tales to life

The twists and turns of several fairy tales taken from the Brothers Grimm are intertwined in the next Eastern Mennonite University theater offering, Into the Woods, a musical by Steven Sondheim with book by James Lapine. Directed by Justin Poole, ass ...More

Question: Why theater?

I am constantly asked, why theater? Why not film? Why choose such an impractical major? Do you ever want to be employed? Why theater at such a small school? Of all the places to study theater, why EMU? While I used to be annoyed by these questions because of my own doubts, I now enjoy answering these questions with confidence. Theater may not se ...More

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Two pioneers of Playback Theatre – evoking understanding, empathy and change – will be teaching at SPI 2014

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Play explores relationships, social issues, through lens of photojournalist injured in Iraq war

A photojournalist returning from war-torn Iraq deals with the images her mind cannot erase and the personal, marital and moral choices that define her life in the Eastern Mennonite University theater production, Time Stands Still, directed by senior Amanda Chandler. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Marguiles, Time Stands Still will be staged in the Lee E. Eshlema ...More